LEWISTON – Students from the University of Southern Maine at Lewiston-Auburn will sponsor an International Poetry Slam from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, in the college Function Room 170. The students are from the International Student Organization of Lewiston-Auburn and from professor Barry Rodrigue’s Western Civilization I class and French North American Studies class. The public is invited.

All who would like to contribute poems or other forms of poetic expression are welcome to share their work. A special prize will be given to the democratically elected “winners” at 2 p.m. A potluck lunch will follow, so attendees are asked to bring bring some delicacies to share.

The students from the French North American Studies class will present poems from around French America. Student teams from the Western Civilization class will host tables during the event and make presentations about creativity in ancient societies.

Special appearances will include: Otrude Moyo, poet from Zimbabwe and assistant professor at USM; Gary Lawless, bioregionalist poet from Brunswick, will share his poems and tales of poetry activism from around the world; Godfrey Banda, poet from Zimbabwe and a Lewiston resident; and Jawab Khalif, poet from Somalia and a Lewiston resident.

For more information, call 753-6574 or email [email protected]

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